JAL has confirmed its group's route, flight frequency
and fleet plan for international passenger, domestic passenger and cargo
operations for fiscal year 2009, the year beginning April 1, 2009
through to March 31, 2010.
With the aim of improving profitability, the
daily service between Osaka (Kansai) and London (Heathrow) will be
suspended, while flight frequency between Tokyo (Narita) and
London (Heathrow) will be doubled from 7 to 14 flights per week.
Flight frequency will decrease on three
international routes. On the Tokyo – New York route flight
frequency will decrease from 14 to 10 flights per week, Tokyo –
Bangkok from 21 to 14 flights per week, and Tokyo (Narita) – Seoul
(Incheon) from 26 to 25 flights per week.
For added convenience, the number of flights for
international passengers wishing to connect via Narita onto Osaka
or Sapporo will be increased.
To improve profitability, seat supply on seven
routes will be decreased through aircraft downsizing. For example,
the smaller, more fuel efficient 777-200ER will replace the
747-400 currently used on the Tokyo – Sydney route.
The airline’s business class seat, the JAL Shell
Flat Seat, will be introduced onto four more routes: Milan,
Mexico, Rome and Vancouver.
JAL’s very latest seats in first and business
class - the JAL Suite and JAL Shell Flat Neo seat respectively -
will be introduced on the Chicago and Los Angeles routes, as will
the airline’s new Premium Economy service.
JAL Express, which up until now has only
operated on Japan domestic routes will also start operating on
international routes. The JAL Group subsidiary will operate on 3
routes serving between China and Japan.
Through a review of under-performing routes,
aircraft renewal and downsizing, the JAL Group aims to improve
profitability, and, through increased flight frequency using
smaller aircraft, the airline group aims to increase customer
convenience. J-AIR operations will be expanded once the lower
overhead subsidiary starts using the cutting-edge Embraer 170
regional jet, starting in Feb 2009.
After looking at the demand on each route, JAL
has made adjustments to its cargo network in terms of routing,
flight frequency and the type of aircraft being operated, once
again with the aim of securing profitability.
Cargo flights to Manila will be suspended.
Through changes to frequency and routings, JAL will start offering
five flights a week to both Dalian and Tianjin, increasing the
airline’s competitiveness in the northern China region.
The airline is also currently in talks with
Nippon Cargo Airlines regarding code share operations in fiscal
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